Audi motorsport boss Dieter Gass says he is happy to see the DTM series return to the legendary Brands Hatch and race on the longer track for Round 6 of the 2018 season this coming weekend.
August 11-12 will see DTM take to the storied Grand Prix circuit of the venue on the outskirts of London. The DTM most recently visited Brands Hatch in 2013, with Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller winning on the shorter Indy Circuit.
“I’m really happy that we’re finally going to race on the longer track at Brands Hatch,” said head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass.
British Audi driver Jamie Green is looking forward to a race on home soil: “The Grand Prix Circuit is an old-school track with many long corners, a little like Zandvoort,” he explained.
“That’ll be pretty exciting for us drivers – a high-speed challenge. I’ve never won a DTM race at home. It would be great to do so this year.”
An added challenge for the Brands Hatch round is that there will be no practice on Friday, as is usually the case for DTM.
Noise control restrictions mean only two 25-minute free practice sessions early Saturday morning will be followed by qualifying for race one. Only 20 minutes will be available before qualifying for Sunday’s race.
“This makes finding an optimal setup more difficult, but the conditions are the same for everyone,” said Gass. “The track profile is similar to the ones of Zandvoort and Budapest. That’s why we’re hoping to perform like we did on those two tracks.”
Fox Sports 2 will air both races live, with coverage beginning at 14h00 CAT on both Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12.